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Halloween is always a fun and popular time for kids and families to receive lots of chocolate and candy.

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Unfortunately, this is also a dangerous time for your dog. Chocolate and candy containing xylitol can be deadly for dogs if ingested and should absolutely be avoided. Typically, chocolate ingestion does not pose a deadly threat to your dog, but it can make your dog very sick. Why, you may ask? Chocolate includes a chemical known as theobromine, as well as caffeine.

As much as you try to keep your dog away from those Halloween treats, accidents can happen. Below are some tips for keeping your pup safe from the dangers of those oh-so-sweet human treats.

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1. Keep your pup separate from the festivities

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During the hours of trick-or-treating, it may be best to keep your pup tucked away in his own room or safely crated, so that they are separated from the festivities. Many dogs are not fans of the constant doorbell-ringing and knocking on doors anyway, so your pup may be more comfortable staying in the comfort of his own room.

2. Safely store your Halloween candy

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Make sure you store your Halloween candy safely, whether it’s being given out or you’ve just come back home with a new collection. Dogs can sniff out anything delicious, so it’s important to use a dog-proof container, such as a screw-top jar. Store your Halloween candy in the upper cabinets of your kitchen where your pup cannot reach. If you’ve got a smart pup on your hands, try using kid proof safety locks on your kitchen cabinets.

3. If an accident happens, record notes immediately

If you call or take your dog to the Vet, the first thing they will ask is what your dog ate and how much. This can be a nerve-wracking time, so take a minute to write down exactly what your dog has ingested.

With candy, it can be hard to tell how much was exactly ingested, however, a good idea is to take note of how much is left. For instance, if your dog ate some of your M&M’s, write down if there’s a half bag left, ¾ of the bag left, etc. This will help give your veterinarian a good idea of how much could have been ingested.

4. Know the number to the ASPCA Poison Control

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Unfortunately, not all towns have a 24 hour Emergency Vet Clinic near them. Luckily, the ASPCA offers a poison control phone line that is operated 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. While they may charge a $65 consult fee, this is often less than what an emergency vet trip would cost and they can potentially help you over the phone. Save their number (888) 426-4435 to your phone or put it on your refrigerator so that it’s always handy and available.

The best advice we can give is prevention! We want holidays to be fun and safe for all family members.

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If you have any tips or tricks to prevent your dog from raiding the candy cabinet, we would love to hear them. Leave a comment below or show us on social media. Tag us on Instagram and Facebook with #benebone so we don’t miss your post!

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Halloween just isn’t Halloween without some cute, scary and funny dog costumes! And, because we are dog obsessed here at Benebone, we wanted to throw a spooktacular Halloween pawty of our own. 

We decided to host our Halloween pawty and costume contest at Dacha Navy Yard in Washington, DC. This waterfront, dog-friendly, venue made for the perfect spot to unleash all our furry, boorifiic friends. 

As guests strutted in, each dog parent was treated to a free drink ticket and Benebone swag bag complete with a Benebone bacon wishbone, bandana and water bottle. 

Before our costume contest began, dogs had the opportunity to pose and showcase their good looks in front of the camera for dog photographer, BashHaus Studios. This dark and spooky backdrop was a perfect fit for Halloween memories. 

For even more captured fun, we brought 2 dog caricature artists to draw the attending dogs. Look how well these dog models sat for their drawings!

After drinks were drank, photos were taken and doggos were drawn, it was time to start the costume contest. Our very own VP of sales, Bob Lee, emceed the contest and kept us laughing throughout the contest. 

To determine winners of our costume contest, we invited 4 local celebrities to judge the contest: @sebastianloveslluna, @sheepadoodlebear, @moogle_the_fluffy_corgi and @with.love.kaden.and.adalynn all had a ruff time judging all the great entries! 

First up was the “scary” category, which was nearly impossible to judge since all the contestants were also so darn cute! 

Our scary category winners were: 

  • 1st Place – Pennywise & child (prize: GoPro Hero 7 & dog mount harness)
  • 2nd Place – Spider Dog (prize: $50 Visa gift card & box of Benebones)
  • 3rd Place – Dracula Frenchie (prize: $25 Dacha gift card & box of Benebones)

Up next were the Most Creative costumes. This is always a fan favorite category since most of the costumes are homemade, you’re really able to see the thought and hard work that goes into dog Halloween costumes. 

Our most creative category winners were: 

  • 1st Place – Needle & Thread (prize: Canon DSLR bundle kit)
  • 2nd Place – Weightlifting Dog (prize: $50 Visa gift card & box of Benebones)
  • 3rd Place – Spider Dog (prize: $25 Dacha gift card & box of Benebones)

Finally, our last Halloween costume contest was Best Group. Best Group consists of either a dog and a human or multiple dogs. This is a popular category for couples and kids, which always adds an extra cuteness factor to category. 

Our best group category winners were: 

  • 1st Place – Dunkin’ Donuts & Cop (prize: 2 night weekend cabin getaway)
  • 2nd Place – Lady Superheroes (prize: $50 Visa gift card & box of Benebones)
  • 3rd Place – Beekeeper family (prize $50 Dacha gift card & box of Benebones)

If you have any event photos that you would like to share in our fan submitted gallery, please send photos to meesha@benebone.com. The full gallery of Washington, DC event  photos can be found on our Facebook page, as well as our Events page. As always, we would love for you to tag @mybenebone with #benebone with any event photos you share on social so that we can share them as well. 

We had such a fun time at our spooktacular Halloween pawty and hope all our furry friends have a fun and safe Halloween! If you missed any of our events this year, keep an eye on our Events page to see which cities we will be visiting in 2020. 


It’s that spooky time of year again ….. Halloween! Time to break out your arts and crafts supplies and get your creative juices flowing. By far, our favorite part of Halloween is seeing all the fun, creative, scary and cute costumes dog parents create.

Regardless of what direction your dog’s Halloween costume takes you in, it’s most important to make sure your dog is safe in his costume. These safety tips below will help assure that both you and your dog have a great night of Halloween fun!

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Safety Tips

  • Regardless if you are making or buying your dog’s costume, make sure you properly measure your dog and always go slightly larger to account for your dog’s furry fluff. This is most important around your dog’s neck. Always add an extra ½ inch to allow for any fabric to fit loosely around your dog’s neck. Keep your dog’s eyes, nose and mouth free of any fabric to allow him to see, smell and breath properly.

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  • Stay away from sharp objects. This applies to both objects that could potentially hurt your dog and objects attached to your dog’s costume that could potentially hurt others. Keep in mind that dogs are very social and will often run up to another dog or human quickly. Any costume “props” should be made with soft, safe materials.

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  • Check the ingredients of any face or body paint. There are many non-toxic, safe or even water-based paints that you can use safely on your dog. A few days before Halloween, test a small amount of paint on your dog’s fur to make sure your dog doesn’t have any skin irritations to the paint.

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  • LED collars can help save your dog’s life! While these might not match your dog’s costume, this safety precaution is highly recommended if you are taking your dog trick-or-treating with your family during the late evening hours. These brightly lit collars help drivers see your furry friend while crossing the street.

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  • Just say no to candy! Candy is an absolute no-no for dogs. Many candies are toxic for dogs and can lead to an unwanted ER visit. If you want your dog to partake on the Halloween treat fun, try giving him some fresh fruit such as blueberries. Luckily, your dog won’t know what he’s missing out on.

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  • Make sure your dog’s ID information is up to date! It is important to make sure that your dog is not only microchipped, but also has a current ID tag on his collar or harness.

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Remember, Halloween can be a scary and confusing time for dogs. You know your dog best and know if a costume isn’t right for him or if he should stay inside during trick-or-treat time.

In hopes of inspiring you to have a fun and safe Halloween, we’ve collected some of our favorite dog costumes of years past. Check out the gallery below to see all the fun dog costumes and make sure you tag our Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter accounts with #benebone so we can see your dog’s costume! Happy Halloween!